Culture Next Conference

Aveiro, Portugal
October 12-14, 2022
About Culture Next
Culture Next is an informal, friendly and relaxed network dedicated to mutual support and collaboration between European cities currently or formerly in candidacies for the European Capital of Culture title.
Five years after its founding in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Culture Next involves almost 30 cities on the continent. In 2021 the network received a 1 million euro grant from the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission to scale-up Culture Next and improve its capacity to work with more European cities.
About our Member Cities
Our members are cities or organizations representing various cities: former and future title holders, cities which continued their cultural programmes even without being selected as ECoCs and cities which intend to do this.
Many of our members represent cities which are current candidates, interested in developing European connection and sustainable cultural programmes which can be implemented independently of the jury decision.
About the Conference
The Aveiro Conference is a turning point in the development of the Culture Next network and hopefully in the history of the European Capital of Culture Project.
This is when and where we will meet all former and current candidate cities interested in formally joining, from 2023 on, a collective project dedicated to strengthening ECoC-like programmes in Europe and to innovating in cooperation mechanisms between cities and cities, cities and organizations, and cities and artists.
The Aveiro Conference is designed as a networking and inspiration space for cultural managers and public representatives in 20 European cities. We will meet and connect with the New European Bauhaus network, with the newly established EIT for Culture & Creativity, with the MESOC consortium for measurement of the social impact of culture and with the Aveiro cultural community. We will make plans for the next two years of Culture Next, discuss current projects and future membership details, and set up our cultural policy task-force.
Registration Open Until September 20, Midnight
Accommodation and travel are covered for 40 international participants from cities which are interested in Culture Next membership from 2023 on. Accommodation is fully covered by the host city, as well as all event related costs (meals included). Travel is to be reimbursed by the Network Secretariat within a cap of 150 euro per person.
Cities are encouraged to be represented by 1 or 2 persons each. If you want to apply for participation with a larger delegation, you can do this, but a 3rd person or more would only be accepted if the 40 seats are not taken by 1 or 2 person delegations.
This is the Conference Agenda
October 11
Arrivals of the Secretariat team, of the Board members and of invited policy experts
Day 0, October 12

Arrivals of the conference participants and guests.
Programme only for Board members, Secretariat team and invited policy experts

09:30 - 11:00
European cultural policies status & review (Kornelia Kiss, Project & Operations Director, Culture Action Europe)
11:00 - 11:30
Coffee break
11:30 - 13:00
CN policy objectives & plan (Rarița Zbranca, CCC)
13:00 - 14:30
14:30 - 16:00
CN policy objectives & plan (Rarița Zbranca, CCC)
16:00 - 16:30
Coffee break
16:30 - 18:00
Conclusions and next steps (Rarița Zbranca, CCC)
19:00 - 20:30
Participants reception: group meeting at the hotel
20:30 - 22:00
Dinner in the city
Day 1, October 13
09:00 - 09:30
Welcome coffee
09:30 - 10:30
- Welcome words from José Ribau Esteves, Mayor of Aveiro and Ștefan Teișanu, Secretary General of Culture Next;
- Agenda and objectives, round of presentations (host: Andras Farkas, Culture Next Team);
- Presentation of the Aveiro city and cultural programme (Carlos Martins, Aveiro 2027 Member of the Board).
11:00 - 13:00
Conference New European Bauhaus - NEB Goes South
- Q&A
13:00 - 14:30
14:30 - 15:30
Meet & Connect with the new EIT Culture & Creativity
- Arts and Science for Ecosysstem Living: a conversation between Bernt Fesel and Markus Reymann;
15:30 - 16:00
Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30
Meet & Connect with the MESOC Consortium
- Presentation and Q&A: how to measure the social impact of culture?

Esther Destres, Research and Innovation project Manager, Relais Culture Europe, France; Lluís Bonet Agustí, Professor of Applied Economy and Director of the Cultural Management Graduate program at the University of Barcelona.
17:30 - 18:00
Coffee break
18:00 - 21:00
Noise Café: drinks & networking with the local community
21:00 - 23:00
23:00 - 06:00
Aveiro Festival & Parties
Day 2, October 14
Culture Next Conference
09:30 - 10:00
Welcome coffee
10:00 - 11:30
Culture Next Network Plan 2022-2024
CN Priorities: Network Capacity, Network Initiatives, Network Significance (Ștefan Teișanu, Secretary General)
Coffee break
12:00 - 13:30
Culture Next Membership Plan
- Details of the Creative Europe Grant (Meda Corovei, Financial Responsible) & Network Membership Plan: proposal and discussions (Bruno Inácio, Members Relations)
13:30 - 15:00
14:30 - 18:00
Optional programme: city tours and networking meetings
18:00 - on
Noise Cafe + Dinner + Festivals
Useful information
Accommodation: Hotel Faro
Adress: Praça D. Francisco Gomes, nº 2, 8000-168 Faro Portugal
Website: www.hotelfaro.pt
Promo Code for CultureNext Reservations: CAPEUR21
Single room price: € 65.00
Price in a double room: € 75.00
Any current or former ECoC candidate city is eligible for participation, no matter if they were or not previously engaged with the Culture Next network. What matters is your interest to be engaged from now on.

Please use the form below to register for the Aveiro Conference before September 20th at midnight. 

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